Just when you believe that resigned familiarity has made one desensitized to the arrogance of Ireland’s Neo-Ascendancy class along comes a revelation that reminds one of the truly iniquitous divisions that define modern Irish society. The privileges of the 10% “haves” versus the servility of the 90% “have-nots” via the “Irish” Mirror:
“Pampered politicians will not have to pay water charges on their second homes.
Ministers, Junior Ministers and the Attorney General will be exempt from the €125 payment on their second residence thanks to a law dating back to 1997.
The laws entitles Ministers to claim a €3,500 tax deduction on top of the cost of their second homes.
Rural-based ministers are entitled to write off the cost of mortgage interest on the Dublin properties they stay in while attending the Dail – as well as laundry, electricity bills, gas bills, repairs and maintenance.
The taxman has now confirmed that the €125 charge for second homes can be claimed for also.
The crippling levies come into effect with the first bill landing in the letter boxes of two million people in January.
- The average charge for two adults will be €278 a year, €35 more than Enda Kenny promised
- Children up to the age of 18 will only get a 21,000 litre allowance up but the average young adult uses 30,000 more
- The assessed charge will be frozen for nine months but 80% of houses won’t be metered until 2016 meaning it could rise for them
- Homes with boil-water notices for 24 hours before the levies come in will get 50% off their bill
- The cost per 1,000 litres is €4.88 meaning a five-minute shower will cost you 17c or 39c for a bath.
- The levies mean the average charge for an adult will be €176, for two €278, for three €381, for four €483 and for five €583.
Fianna Fail Environment spokesman Barry Cowen said the figures show the Government was dishonest from the beginning.”
When a member of Fianna Fáil can accuse someone else of political dishonesty – and get away with it – then you know that things are bad. Cunning Hired Knaves has more on this.